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All you need to know about London Marathon 2025 registration as ballot opens

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A record number of people took part in the London marathon this year (Picture: Anadolu)

The 2024 London marathon came to a close on Sunday afternoon with over 50,000 people having taken to the city in one of the world’s most popular running events.

The course, which set off from Blackheath and took runners past Cutty Sark in Greenwich, Canary Wharf, The Shard and Tower Bridge, finished up at St James’s Park.

More than 1.25 million people have completed the marathon since its start in 1981, with thousands signing up every year.

And 2025 is set to be no different, with runners already signing up for next year’s race with the ballot now open.

How do I sign up for the London Marathon 2025?

Prospective marathon runners can sign up by entering a public ballot, with winners drawn at random.

London was packed full of runners on Sunday (Picture: Getty)

How much does it cost?

If you are a UK resident, and choose to donate your entry fee to support the work of the London Marathon Foundation during the ballot process if your entry is unsuccessful, your entry free is reduced from £69.99 to £49.99.

What happens if I don’t get a place in the first ballot?

If you don’t get a place in the main ballot – not all hope is lost.

You will automatically be entered into a second ballot, and you will at least double your chance of getting a place through that second draw. 

How do I know if I’m in the ballot?



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As soon as you are successful in either ballot, your entry is prepaid and confirmed. 

What if I’m unsuccessful in both?

However, if you are unsuccessful, you will receive a running top, and the money you entered will be donated to the London Marathon Foundation.

If you get offered a place after being successful, if you live in the UK and didn’t opt to donate your entry fee when applying, you’ll need to pay the full entry fee of £69.99. 

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.

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